Title: Releasing indigenous entrepreneurial capacity: a case study of the Yolngu clan in a remote region of Northern Australia

Authors: Cecil A.L. Pearson, Klaus Helms

Addresses: School of Management, Curtin University of Technology, GOP Box U1987, Perth, 6001 Western Australia, Australia. ' Government Business Manager, Northern Territory Emergency Response, P.O. Box 285, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory 0881, Australia

Abstract: A pathway for indigenous people to increase their economic independence is by developing entrepreneurial business engagements. As a strategy to reduce the significant differences between indigenous business aspirations and non-indigenous business participation the Australian Government policy of Aboriginal self-determination encourages the strengthening of partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous business opportunities. In this paper is reported a partnership between the Yolngu of Arnhem Land and Forestry Tasmania, which is being undertaken in a remote region in the Northern Territory of Australia. This new venture, which is being conducted in an area where there are often insufficient jobs, has the potential to generate a number of mainstream career paths for indigenous people. And while the entrepreneurial project is presenting promising achievements for the Yolngu community investment in a range of managerial business competencies is critical for further development of indigenous self-determination and economic independence.

Keywords: Yolngu; indigenous populations; Australia; clans; economic independence; business aspirations; business participation; aborigines; self-determination; partnerships; non-indigenous businesses; Arnhem Land; Forestry Tasmania; Northern Territory; career paths; entrepreneurial projects; managerial competencies; global business; economics; ethnicity; cultural diversity; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2010.032318

Global Business and Economics Review, 2010 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.72 - 84

Published online: 31 Mar 2010 *

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